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Mayor Rick Kriseman: Ridership numbers show a need for ferry service between Tampa and St. Petersburg

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Creepy! Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year

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  1. Cuban Sandwich Festival has become international competition

    Events

    Chefs from London, England took home top honors at last year's Cuban Sandwich Festival held annually in Ybor City.

    A Cuban Sandwich from Ybor City’s Stone Soup Company, a past world champion at the Cuban Sandwich Festival.
  2. Fake Florida doctor who 'enhanced' buttocks with cement, caulking gets 10 years for manslaughter

    Criminal

    From a Florida prison in November 2011, Shatarka Nuby penned a letter to the state's health department about her cosmetically enhanced buttocks.

    A fake Florida doctor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for injecting a woman with a formula of cement, mineral oil, bathroom caulking and Fix-a-Flat tire sealant. The woman later died and Oneal Ron Morris was charged with manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license. [Local 10]
  3. Hospitals face Medicaid cuts in first drafts of state budget

    Blogs

    Florida state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed cuts to Medicaid that could take as much as $621.8 million away from hospitals next year.

    Reps. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, and Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford.
  4. Creepy! Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year

    Wildlife

    Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms. There's a good chance at least one spider is staring at you right now, sizing you up from a darkened …

    The total biomass of all adult humans on Earth is estimated to be 287 million tons. Even if you tack on another 70 million-ish tons to account for the weight of kids, it's still not equal to the total amount of food eaten by spiders in a given year, exceeding the total weight of humanity. In other words, spiders could eat all of us and still be hungry. [Times]
  5. What really is the Bucs backup plan for Jameis Winston?

    Blogs

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston started all 32 of his games since coming to the NFL. He's durable, and that's a good thing, since he's only the most important player on the team.

    The Bucs' best candidate to caddie for Jameis Winston in 2017 is Ryan Griffin.
  6. Hassan Childs dismissed from USF football team

    College

    USF senior safety Hassan Childs, arrested Monday for his part in a suspected road-rage incident, is no longer part of the Bulls program, first-year coach Charlie Strong announced Tuesday.

    USF senior safety Hassan Childs, arrested Monday for his part in a suspected road-rage incident, is no longer part of the Bulls program, first-year coach Charlie Strong announced Tuesday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  7. Hernando commission, sheriff settle differences with $1.26 million budget increase

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — A familiar proposal to fund a portion of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office through a special taxing district came to a familiar end Tuesday when the County Commission turned down the idea with an informal vote before a packed house of residents who opposed the idea.

    It took less than five …

  8. For now, Jesse Panuccio is the highest ranking Floridian in Trump's administration

    State Roundup

    Most Florida political junkies assumed Attorney General Pam Bondi would wind up with a plum, high-profile job in the Trump administration, a reward for her early endorsement of the New York billionaire and part-time Floridian. Turns out, however, that the Floridian who so far has landed the most influential …

    Jesse Panuccio, former executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is acting associate attorney general of the United States, the third highest ranking official at the Department of Justice. [Associated Press (2015)]
  9. Mayor Rick Kriseman: Ridership numbers show a need for ferry service between Tampa and St. Petersburg

    Transportation

    CLEARWATER –– With the ferry service between St. Petersburg and Tampa ending in April, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman vowed in front of the Pinellas County Commission to find money to help bring it back in November.

    Passengers board the Cross-Bay Ferry near the Tampa Convention Center.  JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
  10. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks with the press in the Trump Tower lobby following her meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Dec. 2, 2016. [Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/Zuma Press/TNS]
Jesse Panuccio has the number three job at Justice

Look at the Floridians landing the best Trump administration jobs

Most Florida political junkies assumed Attorney General Pam Bondi would wind up with a plum, high-profile job in the Trump administration, a reward for her early endorsement of the New York billionaire and part-time Floridian. Turns out, however, that the Floridian who so far has landed the most influential administration gig is someone who struggled to get confirmed by fellow Republicans in the Florida Senate....

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The Rays acquired Peter Bourjos from the White Sox for cash considerations or a player to be named.

UPDATE: Rays finalize deal to to acquire Peter Bourjos from White Sox

UPDATE, 11:00: The deal is now official, Bourjos acquired for cash considerations or a player to be named.

Though he is a class xx(b) free agent, the Rays will delay the decision on whether he makes the opening day roster by paying him the $100,000 retention bonus. That also gives them the option to send him to Triple-A Durham, as he is on a minor-league deal.

Bourjos hit .251-5-23 for the Phillies in 355 at-bats last season with a .681 OPS....

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air '90s sitcom starred Will Smith and aired for six seasons on NBC.

In West Philadelphia born and raised: 'Fresh Prince' cast shares a snapshot reunion

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